Travel Writing is ideal for anyone who wants to combine a love of travel and exploring new places with a love of writing – and get paid for it!
Explore how the travel writing industry works
Discover how to write travel stories readers will love
Get tips on planning, photography and getting free stuff
Learn how to create story opportunities from anywhere
Start earning an income as a travel writer!
“This course exceeded my expectations! It was really helpful to have practical and hands on insights from Katrina and Valerie – a great way to learn. There was a lot of information but as it was broken down into manageable bites that made it less daunting and very practical when working full time.”
– Jodie Matheson, Travel Writing graduate
The life of a travel writer is one that's filled with adventure, culture, art, food, people and so much more! And the best part is that you can do this part-time during your holidays – or you can make it your full-time gig. This is the life of Katrina Lobley who is one of Australia's best and most successful travel writers. You'll see her byline in publications like The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, MindFOOD, TIME, Explore and more.
Katrina has co-created this course Travel Writing THE NEW EDITION with Valerie Khoo. And we're so lucky to be able to tap into her expertise and insider knowledge about the new world of travel writing.
“I don’t have a degree in creative writing or journalism – I wouldn't be working as a writer without taking courses at AWC”.
– Jo Jukes Freelance writer, graduate of Travel Writing and Freelance Writing Masterclass Program
“Having the thrill of going to a newsagent when you know your article is coming out is fantastic.”
– Rob Grant Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre, travel writer and marketing consultant
“The Australian Writers’ Centre is hands on, it’s practical, it’s relevant, it’s just amazing to be a part of a collaborative group that supports each other.”
– Jennifer Johnston Graduate of Australian Writers' Centre and travel writer
“When I heard about the course, I was a veteran traveller and someone with a fascination with words – and it was just something I wanted to know more about. I had no idea how I would start to become a travel writer, so I was keen to just find out all the information I could.”
– Rob Grant, travel writer
Travel Writing is suited to anyone looking at how to start writing travel content for magazines or websites. People like these:
This is one of AWC’s 35+ “self-paced” online courses. But what does that mean? Allow us to explain:
Q: I’m a complete beginner. Is this the right course?
A: Travel Writing is perfect for all levels – from beginners to more experienced writers wanting to hone this particular skill set. The thing everyone should have is a curiosity to discover new places.
Q: What's the difference between Freelance Writing Stage 1 and Travel Writing?
A: They’re actually quite different – many students do both. Freelance Writing Stage 1 will give you the fundamentals of writing for print and online publications across a wide range of topics (many choose to do that course first). But if you want to earn money writing about your travels, Travel Writing is essential as it goes a layer deeper into opportunities and tips around travel stories in particular.
Q: But is there a lot of overlap?
A: No. There is hardly any overlap. That’s because this course teaches very specific information and insider knowledge about the travel writing industry – including unspoken etiquette, how to approach tourism bodies for familiarisation tours and media junkets. Travel articles also follow certain formulas that are not typical in regular (non-travel) feature articles. If you’ve done Freelance Writing Stage 1, you’ll find that the only overlap is on the topic of “how to analyse a publication”, which is only a very small part of this very comprehensive travel writing course.
Q: I’m short on time (always travelling!). Can I fit this course into my life?
A: Most of our students are busy people just like you! They might be parents, students, working full-time or currently travelling. The beauty of this online self-paced course is its flexibility – you have 12 months to work through the materials so you can go at your own pace. It’s totally doable.
Q: I'm not sure if I want to freelance but I enjoy writing blogs about my travels. I might even like to write a travel book. Will this course help me?
A: Yes! Because the course teaches you how to structure compelling travel stories, the end product can be anything you want it to be. Even pitching to editors replicates the process that you’d need to go through with a publisher if you were writing a travel book. (Typically each chapter of a travel book will read like a magazine article anyway.) In this respect, the Travel Writing course can be useful in applying the principles you learn to your own blog or book. Even through book promotion, knowing how to create a publicity article is invaluable – many students have found success this way.
|KNOWLEDGE:||Everything you need to know about travel writing all packed and zipped into one highly practical five-week course.|
|CONFIDENCE:||Understanding these essentials of travel writing will not only help you sell stories to travel editors, but connect better with people you meet in your travels.|
|INSPIRATION:||To come up with stories and angles for any location – in your neighbourhood or across the globe.|
|MOTIVATION:||There are hundreds of publications and websites that require travel content – and this course will give you the confidence to succeed.|
“It's a great overview of all the basics you need to know to become a professional travel writer including preparing for a trip and picking the right publications for your story. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the wonderful course, the plethora of information, and all the support. Absolutely loved it.”
“The course was well-staged and scaffolded with a manageable workload. Very much appreciated the individual feedback – particularly the audio feedback which was invaluable.
Online course delivery was convenient and time-efficient. Very well-organised and easy to use. The best thing about this mode of delivery is the convenience.”
“The huge amount of practical info given is just invaluable. I'm so impressed. I also loved all the real articles we were given to read. The courses are hugely practical with a real focus on getting you started in the industry, giving you invaluable insider info and concrete steps you can take to start your career.”
“I was gripped from the first lesson and really enjoyed hearing of the presenter’s stories and experience in the industry. The course content is exceptional and covers all aspects of travel writing.”
This course will change the way you see the world – and give you the confidence to succeed as a travel writer.
There’s a big world out there just waiting to explore… so what are you waiting for? Enrol today!
“I didn’t realise I would actually come away with everything I needed to know about the industry and getting started. Most courses help you get an idea, but I came away from this one with exact steps of how to succeed.”
Catherine Warboys, Travel Writing graduate